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Denmark identifies POPs for Greenland studies

Denmark’s National Centre for Environment and Energy at Aarhus University has identified a list of chemicals that should be included in pollutant monitoring activities in Greenland.

The centre has reviewed information on the occurrence of “new” persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in the Arctic, which are not currently monitored. The review – New contaminants relevant to the Arctic environment – lists compounds that are possibly accumulating in Arctic animals, including flame retardants and phthalates. Based on initial assessments, it identifies 11 chemicals that are “particularly relevant” for further studies in Greenland, including short-chain chlorinated paraffins, bis(4-chlorophenyl)sulfone and octachlorostyrene.

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